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PRIOR SERVICE Last Modified
BASIC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
3-1. General (IAW AOC)
This chapter adds clarification to basic eligibility criteria for PS applicants for enlistment in the ARNG. Refer to AR 601-210 and chapter 2 of this publication for name, social security verification, education, and background investigations.
3-2. Basic eligibility criteria for all Prior Service applicants
a. Persons applying for enlistment in the ARNG must meet eligibility criteria outlined in this chapter. The PS applicants also must meet requirements of options for which they are enlisting.
b. Prior Service definition - Applicants must have served 180 days or more on AD as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants who are MOS qualified are considered as PS regardless of time on AD.
c. These definitions do not change the fact that an applicant has served in the military. Any applicant with one or more days in any component of a military Service has had prior military Service. All references to basic pay entry date, BASD, time in grade, and time in Service apply, regardless of the above definitions of “Enlistment.”
d. Applicant is eligible for enlistment if applicant qualifies for exemption from enlistment requirements because of the following:
(1) Applicant has been awarded the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, or Silver Star Medal.
(2) Applicant is a partially disabled, combat-wounded Army veteran with fewer than 20 years of Service as defined in 10 USC 3925.
3-2. Basic eligibility criteria for all Prior Service applicants (IAW AOC)
a. Field enlistment requirements are outlined in paragraph 5-5.
(1) PS incentives must be processed at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) that conforms with AR 601-210 unless otherwise directed by the current Selected Reserve Incentive Program (SRIP) policy in effect. ARNG Incentives are outlined in NGR 600-7 and current SRIP policy.
(2) Applicants must accept a Prior Service Enlistment Bonus (PSEB) that has been awarded through REQUEST utilizing the ARNG incentives management system (GIMS).
(3) Applicants must have an incentive written agreement with a valid bonus control number on the addendum approved through REQUEST or GIMS.
(4) The incentive written agreement is not valid if executed prior to or after the date the oath of enlistment is rendered.
(5) Enlistments for the PSEB will be executed within current regulatory guidance and any additional requirements directed by DARNG or the current FY SRIP policy.
Applicant is eligible for enlistment if any of the following apply:
b. Applicant is eligible for enlistment in the ARNG if he or she is not less than 18 years of age and can qualify for retired pay by age 60. To be eligible for non-regular retired pay, an individual must meet eligibility criteria outlined in AR 135-180.
c. An applicant is exempt from age criteria outlined above if he or she can qualify for retirement by age 62, does not have 20 or more years of active service, and is a former Servicemember who was awarded the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, or Silver Star Medal.
IAW AOC. PS applicants 35 years of age or older must be eligible for non-regular retired pay by age 60. To be eligible for non-regular retired pay, an individual must meet eligibility criteria outlined in AR 135-180. Exceptions to policy for this requirement are outlined in Appendix E.
E-1. Age Exception to Policy (IAW AOC Appendix E)
This applies to NPS/GNPS applicants who have passed their 35th birthday and PS applicants who not will qualify for non-regular retirement by age 60. This exception to policy will be requested by the RRB Operations NCO. Meritorious reason(s) must be addressed. The Operations NCO will provide the following documents and submit them to ARNG-HRR-O (Waivers NCOIC).
a. Handwritten applicant statement (must be legible and explain applicant’s meritorious exception).
b. Memorandum from the RRC (must explain applicant’s meritorious exception).
c. USMEPCOM Form 680-ADP, with valid physical, DAT, and HIV results.
d. DD Form 2808 (working copy will not be accepted).
e. Any approved lower tier waiver.
Citizenship will be verified, per Chapter 2. Under 10 USC 504, an applicant is eligible for enlistment if the applicant is-
a. A citizen of the United States.
b. An alien who has been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence, including a conditional lawful permanent resident.
c. A national of the United States (see para 2-4 for verification of citizenship).
d. A citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Republic of Marshall Islands, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (see para 2-4 for specific requirements).
e. Any other person if the Secretary of the Army has authorized the enlistment pursuant to the statutory authority under 10 USC 504 (see para 2-4).
IAW AOC, see Para 5-53 for processing requirements for Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR).
c. PS applicants will enlist using name on DD Form 214 (Certificate Of Release or Discharge From Active Duty) or NGB Form 22 (Report of Separation and Record of Service) unless changed through marriage.
2-6. Social Security Number
a. No person will be tested or processed for enlistment into the ARNG without a social security number (SSN).
b. Acceptable Social Security Number (SSN) Identification. IAW AOC, the following documents in (2) through (7) below are authorized for enlistment purposes only. Shippers must possess an original social security card prior to their ship date.
(1) Social Security Card issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Card must be original and legible. A laminated card is acceptable.
(2) Completed SS-5 Application for a Social Security Card. SS-5 must be signed by the applicant and include receipt from Social Security Administration official, indicating the application for a replacement has been received. Note: Applicant should enlist with the name used on the SS-5 application.
(3) DD Form 214/215.
(4) NGB Form 22.
(5) IRS Form W-2.
(6) Social security number stub.
(7) Social security number identification printout, must be provided by SSA.
a. Applicant is eligible for enlistment if he or she is a GED holder or higher level of education credential.
b. If applicant completes college-level courses to justify remaining in or advancing to higher grade, they will be enlisted in accordance with Para 2-18. Foreign credentials must be evaluated in accordance with Para 2-7.
c. Verification for PS may also be accomplished through use of the DD Form 214 or NGB Form 22. For DD Forms 214 dated August 2009 or later, verification must be made utilizing the original education source documents listed in Chapter 2.
IAW AR 601-210 Para 3-6.
a. Applicant is eligible for enlistment if he or she has a qualifying aptitude score for MOS in which enlisting and
specific test score requirements of the MOS or option for which enlisting. AFQT is not required for eligibility. Note: PS applicants with AFQT less than 31 are eligible. They are not restricted by CATIV requirements/open windows.
b. All applicants must have ASVAB scores to enlist. ASVAB results (most recent) obtained from Defense Manpower Data Center may be used regardless of test date, provided all line scores are present.
c. The MOS aptitude area test score does not apply if enlisting in former MOS.
d. When using previous test scores, counselors must follow MOS guidance listed in DA Pam 611-21, as the ASVAB test has been revised several times and test score requirements will vary according to test date.
IAW AOC Para 3-6.
a. Applicants must have a qualifying aptitude area score for the MOS in which enlisting. GNPS applicants must meet chapter 2 trainability requirements. An overall AFQT percentile is not required for enlistment. Aptitudes scores may be verified using the following documents–
(1) MEPCOM Form PCN 680 ADP.
(2) DMDC MRIS Report (https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/mris).
(3) Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT).
(4) Any verified record of PS test score or document for retest scores.
b. Tests that are unverified are not valid and the PS applicant must be retested.
c. PS applicants may enlist into any previously qualified MOS, regardless of aptitude scores. This includes PS applicants enlisting from other branches of service, whose qualifications convert to an Army MOS, as well as those enlisting under the Civilian Acquired Skills Program.
d. Requests for MOS determination must be submitted to the accession suitability office (ASO). The ASO will coordinate with the proponent for determination. No MOS order will be issued for PS applicants without proper proponent determination.
e. Driver’s License. PS and GNPS applicants who are not DMOSQ must possess a valid driver's license when enlisting into an MOS that requires a valid driver's license. The driver's license must remain valid throughout the duration of the required training. A suspended driver’s license is not consider valid. Exceptions for this requirement are not authorized.
(1) Recruiters, Recruit Sustainment Program staff, and MEPS GCs must be attentive to the expiration date of the driver's license and be aware of State requirements when requesting a driver's license for military members. Questions related to these rules will be directed to the State Department of Motor Vehicles.
(2) The MEPS GC will validate the driver's license requirements during the before ship quality check.
f. PS Soldiers who fail to complete IET and be awarded an Army MOS within 24 months will be discharged. PS Soldiers enlisting into the ARNG are required to be in a deployable status within 24 months of enlistment. Exceptions must be submitted to ARNG-HRR-ASO for determination.
a. Unfavorable Medical Conditions
b. Height Weight Charts
c. UMF 40-1-4 Refractive Eye Surgery Worksheet
d. AR 40-501 Standards of Medical Fitness
e. USMEPCOM 40-1 Medical Qualification Program
f. USMEPCOM Medical Prescreen SOP
g. Over 40 Examinations
IAW AOC Para 3-7.
a. All separation physicals must have a physical profile (PULHES) to be valid for enlistment processing. Physicals without a profile must be sent to the state surgeon to obtain PULHES. Members separated from the regular component of the USAF, USN, USMC, or USCG who declined to take a separation physical must obtain a Chapter 2 physical from MEPS or Chapter 3 physical from a Military Treatment Facility (MTF), or an ARNG medical command facility and meet the requirements of paragraph 5.
b. Soldiers that are current drilling members of the USAR (excluding IRR), processing on a conditional release, or PS Soldiers who are still within 6 months of their separation date will be processed as follows:
(1) If MEPS examination is 24 months old or less, present copy of:
(a) DD Form 2808 (Report of Medical Examination)
(b) DD Form 2807-1 (Report of Medical History)
(2) If MEPS examination is older than 24 months, present copy of:
(a) SPHE or current PHA dated within 12 months (MEDPROS IMR is acceptable)
(b) DA Form 7349 Part I only (DA 3081 has been rescinded)
(3) Soldier’s PHA must have current HIV results (within 2 years) or be updated prior to enlistment.
(4) Applicants exceeding the screening table weight standards must submit a DA Form 5500 or DA Form 5501 signed by a NCO.
c. Current drilling members of the USAFR, USNR, USMCR and USCGR, processing on a conditional release must obtain a Chapter 2 physical from MEPS, Chapter 3 physical from a MTF or an ARNG medical command facility.
d. All applicants that are beyond 6 months of their separation date from a regular or reserve component (excluding IRR) must obtain a Chapter 2 physical from MEPS. This includes those who have been in the IRR for 6 months or more.
e. Applicants with a MEPS physical that is 24 months old or less may continue to process after the required documents have been scanned into ERM. All applicants with a separation physical, PHA, or a chapter 3 physical from a MTF or ARNG medical command facility must have all required documents scanned into ERM and submit an exception to the Accessions Suitability Office (ASO). DD forms 2807-1 and 2808 must be scanned into their respective folders in the "medical" section of ERM. Scan the PHA or MEDPROS IMR and DA Form 7349 into the "other medical document" folder in the medical section of ERM. If additional medical records are required, scan these into the "medical supporting documents" folder in the "medical" section in ERM.
f. Advise applicants who have had or currently have a "3" in their profile, required a medical waiver for prior enlistment, or have VA disability benefits approved or pending, that they will be required to have their records reviewed by the Office of the Chief Surgeon (ARNG-CSG). The ASO will make this determination. Medical waivers for prior enlistment must be approved by ARNG-CSG.
g. The use of the DoD PHA is authorized, but the form must be profiled by the State Command Surgeons Office by a doctor, physician assistant or physician associate.
h. All Prior Service applicants that require basic combat training (BCT) must obtain a Chapter 2 physical from MEPS.
a. See paragraph 2-10 for definition of dependents and verification requirements.
b. An applicant meets dependency requirements of this rule if he or she-
(1) Has no spouse and no dependents.
(2) Has no spouse and is required by court order to pay child support for two or fewer dependents, regardless of grade.
(3) Has an entry grade of E-2 or below, is married, and in addition to the spouse has two or fewer additional dependents.
(4) Have an entry grade of E-3, is married, and in addition to the spouse has three or fewer additional dependents.
(5) Has no spouse, and has an entry grade of E-3 or above, and is required by court order to pay child support for
three or fewer dependents.
(6) Has an entry grade of E-4 or above and is married.
(7) Is an applicant whose spouse is a member of the Regular Component or RC of any Service (excluding IRR), has one or more dependents under the age of 18.
c. An applicant does not met dependency requirements if-
(1) The applicant has no spouse, but has custody of one or more dependents under the age of 18. TAG may consider waiver.
(2) The applicant is processing as part of a husband and wife team, both are required to attend training at the same time, and combined they have one or more dependents in their household under the age of 18. TAG may consider waiver.
d. Any applicant for ARNG enlistment who previously served in the U.S. Armed Forces on AD and became a single parent while on AD, and was separated due to a hardship IAW AR 635-200, will not be disqualified for enlistment based upon this fact if the person is otherwise qualified for enlistment.
3-9. Conduct and other administrative critieria (IAW AOC)
All court martial or other disciplinary procedure under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, such as Article 15, Captain's mast, Article 135 Court of Inquiry, must be listed in the applicant's packet. Violations that are outside 7 years are to be listed in Optional Comments in Recruiter Zone.
3-13. Eligibility of former officers for enlistment
b. For ARNG enlistment the following apply:
(1) Enlistment into the ARNG is authorized for current and former officers.
(2) Officers applying for enlistment must meet eligibility criteria of chapter 3.
(3) All applicants must have ASVAB test results and have a physical examination according to AR 601-210 and AR 40-501.
(4) Current RC officers will resign their commission by submitting a letter of resignation to the Commander, HRC. The letter of resignation should request the effective date to be the day prior to the enlistment date of the officer. A guidance counselor will ensure that the letter of resignation is mailed on the day of enlistment. This will ensure that if the officer declines enlistment or is otherwise not enlisted that their resignation is not unintentionally submitted.
(5) Paragraph 3-17 provides grade determination rules for former or current officers who enlist. An officer will not be awarded an MOS based solely on unit vacancies, but also on the officer’s past military training and experience and his or her ability to meet the prerequisites for the relevant MOS. In most instances, the Soldier will be placed in a “will train” position, regardless of the former branch of the former officer. Recruiting battalion commanders will take care to ensure that grade authorization up to E-5 is based on the whole person concept and does not interfere with or otherwise compromise the integrity of the unit’s promotions of Soldiers with continuous service.
ENLISTMENT PERIODS AND PAY GRADES
3-14. Authorized Enlistment Periods (IAW AOC)
a. PS applicants who do not have a SELRES obligation and who have –
(1) Remaining MSO will enlist for remainder of MSO in whole years, with a minimum of one year served in the ARNG SELRES.
(2) No remaining MSO and are DMOSQ will enlist in the ARNG SELRES for a minimum of one year.
(3) No remaining MSO and requires BCT, or are not DMOSQ, will enlist in the ARNG SELRES for a minimum of three years. Applicants enlisting in CMF 18 are exempt from the three-year requirement and may enlist in the ARNG SELRES for one year.
b. PS applicants who have a SELRES obligation and who have –
(1) 12 months or more remaining contractual obligation will enlist in the ARNG SELRES for the entire balance of their contractual obligation.
(2) Less than 12 months remaining on their current contractual obligation are required to enlist in the ARNG SELRES for a minimum of one year.
c. PS applicants discharged prior to completing their original MSO must enlist in the ARNG SELRES for a period of whole years equal to or greater than the unfulfilled portion of the original MSO, but not less than one year. At minimum, the remainder of the MSO must be served in the ARNG SELRES (in a drilling status) or any period in whole years beyond that, up to six years.
d. PS applicants may serve longer than the minimum requirements outlined above, however may not enlist for a period of more than six years.
e. PS applicants who are eligible and who subsequently elect enlistment options, monetary incentives,educational benefits, or any combination of these, will enlist for the periods stipulated by the program which they enter. These incentives are outlined in the current FY SRIP.
f. PS applicants that are required to attend BCT must enlist in the ARNG SELRES for a minimum of three years.
g. GNPS applicants will enlist as outlined in 2-16.
3-15. Authorized Enlistment Pay Grade Determination
a. For ARNG, the DOR will be determined per AR 600-20.
b. The PS and Glossary NPS may not be enlisted into the ARNG Recruit Force Pool.
c. Applies to TDRL. See AR 601-210.
d. This regulation will not be relied upon to place a PS applicant in a more favorable enlistment grade than he or she otherwise would have been entitled to, if his or her service had been continuous.
e. The following documentation is required to submit a grade determination for ARNG:
(2)(a) DA Form 1696 (Enlistment/Reenlistment Qualifying Application).
(b) DD Form 214 and DD Form 215 (if applicable) from last enlisted and/or officer active service, DD Form 220, or NGB Form 22.
(c) A copy of applicant’s USMEPCOM authorized document that clearly displays applicant’s ASVAB date and results.
(d) Letter from Selected Reserve unit acknowledging break in service over 48 months. Letter must also state accepted grade, MOS, paragraph, line, and position number the applicant is being accepted into. If applicant is enlisting into an MOS that he or she has not previously held, Selected Reserve unit must also acknowledge their agreement that the applicant possesses the technical or administrative skills needed for the enlistment MOS.
(e) Letter from applicant stating why his or her grade should be maintained.
(f) For determinations in the grade of E-6 or higher, request must also include all Noncommissioned Officer Education System completion certificates and any other supporting documentation.
3-17. Enlistment pay grades for Prior Service for Reserve Component Enlistment (IAW AOC)
a. PS applicants may enlist up to the previous grade held at the time of last separation or discharge and no higher than the authorized grade of the position, unless higher grade is authorized in AR 601-210. When no vacant positions are available, PS applicants are authorized to enlist in a position two grades below the grade held at the time of last separation or discharge. Exceptions to this may be granted by DARNG, delegated to State TAG.
Note: IAW AR 601-210 para 3-17a(1) - Higher grade is authorized using paragraphs 2-18a(5) through (8), if it is more advantageous to the applicant. Similar authority in AR 601-210 para 3-5b.
b. OCS applicants in grades E-6 and above who are current members of another branch of service require a grade determination from the State CSM or G-1. These applicants are authorized to attend BCT as the grade approved in the Grade Determination, and be paid at the same grade.
c. PS applicants may enlist in a valid position vacancy in their current grade if there is no projected fill from a valid and current enlisted promotion list. Coordination of this is through the State enlisted promotion manager. PS applicants requesting to enlist in a position projected to be filled from valid and current enlisted promotion list requires approval from State CSM, prior to enlisting. PS applicants will:
(1) Meet MOS requirements in order to conform with DA Pam 611-21.
(2) Meet Professional Military Education (PME) requirements as outlined in AR 600-8-19.
(a) SGT/E5 must be graduate of BLC or equivalent.
(b) SSG/E6 must be graduate of ALC
(c) SFC/E7 must be graduate of SLC
(d) MSG/E8 must be graduate of MLC
(e) Personnel officers will determine credit for PME course or submit request for constructive credit as outlined in AR 600-8-19.
(f) PS applicants requesting constructive credit must adhere to guidance outlined in AR 600-8-19. Army policy does not allow PME credit for professional development courses conducted by the Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard. Do not submit request for waiver or exception to policy. Exception is ROTC Advanced Camp as referenced in AR 600-8-19.
(3) Receive prior approval from the State CSM when selected to enlist and fill an E-9, Command Sergeant Major, position.
d. Former officer or warrant officer without prior enlisted service may enlist up to pay grade E-5. Authorized grade of enlistment is based on previous experience and position vacancy availability, determined by MILPO.
e. Former officer or warrant officer with prior enlisted service may be enlisted up to grade E-5, or the grade held prior to commissioning, whichever is higher. Previous enlisted grades held during Officer Candidate or Warrant Officer Candidate School will not be considered.
f. PS applicants separated from service for more than 48 months, who previously held pay grade E-5 or E-6, will have a grade determination waiver approved by the RRC to retain the grade E-5 or E-6. PS applicants separated from service more than 48 months, who previously held pay grade of E-7 through E-9, will have a grade determination waiver approved by TAG to retain the last grade held. Applicants must meet the current PME requirements of AR 600-8-19, paragraph 1-29a.
VERIFICATION AND QUALIFICATION FOR PRIOR SERVICE PERSONNEL
a. This section provides guidance to qualify and verify applicants with PS in a U.S. Armed Forces.
(1) Application for enlistment from former members of the U.S. Armed Forces will be evaluated thoroughly. Veterans qualified for possible ARNG enlistment will be identified. Greater opportunity will not be provided to PS applicants enlisting from civilian status than given to current ARNG members who are eligible for reenlistment.
(2) Disqualification of applicants due to previous characterization of separation.
(a) Inform applicant that a reenlistment eligibility (RE) code is not upgraded unless it was administratively incorrect when originally issued.
(b) Depending on the disqualification (RE code, separation program designator (SPD) code, lost time, narrative reason or character of service), a waiver may or may not be authorized.
(c) Depending on the needs of the Army, waivers may not be considered even though the disqualification could be waived. In these cases, applicants should be informed to contact recruiters periodically to see if waiver applications are being considered.
(d) Advise applicants whose previous separation may require a 2-year waiting period in accordance with AR 601-210 Chapter 4.
b. For USAR and ARNG only, the following requirements apply:
(1) PS personnel must have successfully completed an Army BCT course, Warrior Transition Course, or U.S. Marine Corps BCT course during previous military service. These personnel will not be sent to BCT.
(2) PS enlistees (including Officer Candidate School (OCS) and Warrant Officer OCS (WOCS)) who have not successfully completed an Army BCT, Warrior Transition Course, or U.S. Marine Corps BCT course; or have not completed training for Air Force or Navy Special Operations Forces, or Air Force Security Police during previous military service must enter on IADT within 180 days after enlistment in the USAR or ARNG and successfully complete BCT conducted by the Army. Soldiers who fail to attend BCT within 180 days after entry are required to return to MEPS to be rescheduled for this training. Members enlisting into the USAR or ARNG that require BCT must be processed through the MEPS. Members that are required to attend BCT and retraining into a new MOS will attend BCT first. After completion of BCT, the unit of assignment will schedule to attend appropriate MOS training.
3-18. Refresher Training for Prior Service Personnel (IAW AOC)
a. All personnel entering the Army National Guard who have not completed Army Basic Combat Training (BCT), U.S. Marine Corps Basic Training, U.S. Air Force (USAF) Special Operations Forces training, U.S. Navy Special Operations Forces training, or USAF Security Forces training, will be required to attend one of these three courses (no exceptions to policy permitted):
(1) PS-AIC (If TRADOC develops and implements / course is not currently available)
(2) Basic Combat Training (BCT)
(3) One Station Unit Training (OSUT)
b. Prior Service (PS) personnel who completed Army Basic Combat Training (BCT), U.S. Marine Corps Basic Training, U.S. Air Force (USAF) Special Operations Forces training, USAF Security Forces training, or U.S. Navy Special Operations Forces training and have exceeded a five-year break in service are required by reference 1a (assumed to be Army Directive 2019-31) to attend standard Army BCT. This policy establishes minimum guidelines when requesting an exception to policy to waive this requirement. Final approval authority to waive this requirement is the Army G-1 (DAPE-MPA).
c. For the purposes of this policy, entry into the IRR starts a break in service, and all time spent in the IRR counts toward a period of break in service if the Soldier is never activated in any capacity. If activated while in the IRR, the break in service begins after Release from Active Duty from the last activated period. Further, for the purposes of this policy, service in an active component or the SELRES, or activated periods while in the IRR, are considered service.
d. PS applicants who request an exception to policy (ETP) to attend basic training will do so after enlistment. Assign these Soldiers to the Recruit Sustainment Program for tracking purposes until ETP is granted or Soldier is shipped, completes BCT and the battle-hand-off (RSP Gold Phase) to their unit of assignment is complete.
e. MEPS Guidance Counselor (GC) will:
(1) Brief each PS applicant of the minimum enlistment period of three years if they require an ETP or BCT.
(2) Schedule for standard basic training at the maximum allowable time of 365 days.
(3) Ensure the following statement is entered in the “Free Form Remarks” section of DD Form 1966, explained to applicant, and initialed for acknowledgement: "I am applying for an exception to policy after enlistment regarding the requirement to attend Army Basic Combat Training. If I fail to obtain an approved exception, I will be ordered to complete Army Basic Combat Training or be discharged without board action or appeal."
f. Recruiting and Retention Battalion will:
(1) Attach Soldier to RSP site for tracking purposes until battle-hand-off to unit.
(2) Administer the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT).
(3) Conduct the standard Army Physical Fitness Test/Army Combat Fitness Test (based on current regulation and policy).
g. Recruiting and Retention Battalion Operations NCO will initiate the exception to policy by assembling all of the Soldier’s documents listed below and submitting with HRR Form 801 to NGB ROB via e-mail: email@example.com.
(1) THRU Memorandum from the Recruiting Battalion commander, (see example enclosure attached). Ensure you show justification regarding the ETP reason.
(2) DD Form 2808
(3) DD from 214/215 or NGB Form 22
(4) OPAT scorecard
(5) DA Form 705 with DA Form 5500/01, if applicable; or ACFT scorecard (based on current regulation and policy).
(6) USMEPCOM 6803ADP
h. Applicants granted an exception from DAPE-MPA are not required to ship to training will have basic training cancelled as outlined in reference 1h. These applicants will be released from RSP and begin drilling with the unit of assignment.
i. Soldiers denied an exception to policy will attend basic combat training or be processed for discharged.
3-19. Verification of Prior Service
Commanders at all levels in ARNG will emphasize the need for early detection of possible erroneous or fraudulent enlistment of applicants. Applicants who are thought to have had, or who claim to have had, PS in any U.S. Armed Force will not be enlisted in the ARNG until their PS, if any, is verified.
a. Authorized personnel with access to the Defense Manpower Data Center via Recruiter Eligibility Data Display (REDD) may obtain RE code data. If an inquiry is made and RE data is favorable, processing will continue. If the response is unfavorable, processing will be suspended until data can be verified. A DD Form 214 and DD Form 215 with RE code and SPD code can be obtained by writing to Commander, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, USAREC/ARNG Liaison Team (RCRC-PPS-RL), 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5303.
Note: USAR discharge orders (Format 500) generally do not annotate a narrative reason for discharge. Contact the ASO with the applicant's SSN and the ASO can access PERNET to retrieve the narrative reason.
b. Prior military service can be verified as follows:
(1) For applicants who served in RA, the following documents will verify PS:
(a) Original copy or certified copy of latest DD Form 214 (a certified copy from court or Veterans Administration may be used).
(b) A review of Defense Manpower Data Center REDD level 2.
(c) Copy of the original or legible DD Form 214 may be used provided it agrees with USMEPCOM verification procedures or Defense Manpower Data Center REDD check to verify that the RE code and SPD code are the same.
(2) For applicants who served in RC, the following documents will verify PS:
(a) DD Form 214 or DD Form 215 will be used to verify all periods of active and inactive military service of the member before the date of his or her last separation from active military service; however, entries may appear in error to the recruiter, or the applicant may dispute the entries. Only the original form, the actual carbon copy, a certified copy of the original form, a legible copy verified by REDD from Defense Manpower Data Center, or a records depository copy furnished by the recruiting official under paragraph 3-19c is authorized for verification purposes. DD Form 214 or DD Form 215 will not be used to verify RC membership, or the nature of the RC service after the member’s date of last release from active military service, unless recruiting officials obtain an accompanying discharge order.
(b) The recruiting battalion operations NCO or officer is authorized to use the HRC Assignment Orders and Resource Systems to verify RC Service. This verification may be used when all other attempts to obtain documents have been exhausted.
(3) If a DD Form 214 or DD Form 215 is not available, the documents below may be used to verify PS. Copies must be furnished to recruiting officials directly or through military channels by the records custodian for forms cited in paragraphs (a) through (d), below:
(a) Certified, true copy of copy 2 of DD Form 214.
(b) DD Form 220. This form will serve to verify periods of active military service.
(c) NGB Form 22. This form may be used to verify periods of ARNG or Air National Guard service. Entries may appear to be in error or the applicant may dispute the entries. If so, previous ARNG or Air National Guard service may be obtained by writing TAG of the State where the last separation from the ARNG or the inactive Air National Guard was implemented.
(d) Defense Manpower Data Center REDD level 2.
c. An applicant may not be able to substantiate their PS under paragraph 3-19b. If so, a request for verification of PS will be submitted to the USAREC/ARNG Liaison Team located at HRC. Such requests will contain the following:
(1) The exact name under which the person served.
(2) Social Security Number.
(3) Organization from which last discharged.
(4) Type of discharge claimed.
(5) If exact dates of Service are not known, approximate dates.
d. Request for PS verification or IRR membership of applicants with a Reserve obligation will be made by telephone. Requests for PS verification of applicant without a Reserve obligation from all Services will be sent to: Commander, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, USAREC/ARNG Liaison Team (RCRC-PPS-RL), 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5303, or directed to the proper agency below.
(1) For prior Marine Corps Service-.
USMC Request Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) - See Commonly Requested Records.
(a) If separated for less than 1 year without a Reserve obligation, request is sent to: Commandant, Marine Corps (Code MMSB10), HQ, U.S. Marine Corps, 2008 Elliot Road, Quantico, VA 22134-5002.
(b) If separated with a Reserve obligation, request is sent to: Commanding General, Marine Corps Reserve Support Command, 10950 El Monte, Overland Park, KS 66211-1408.
Note. If the applicant is the member of an active Marine Corps Reserve unit, the member’s Reserve unit maintains the DD Form 214. A certified, true copy of DD Form 214 may be used to verify prior Marine Corps Service.
(2) For prior Navy Service-.
(a) For applicants separated with a Reserve obligation, request is sent to: Department of the Navy, Navy Reserve Personnel Center, New Orleans, LA 70149-7800.
(b) For applicants separated with a Reserve obligation, with less than 6 months since discharge or retirement, request is sent to: Chief of Naval Personnel (PERS-312), 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132-5200.
(3) For prior Coast Guard Service-.
(a) For applicants with a Reserve obligation, request is sent to: Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard (G-PE), Washington, DC 20593-0001.
(b) For applicants without a Reserve obligation with more than 6 months since separation, request is sent to: Director, National Personnel Records Center (Navy Reference Branch), 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132-5200.
(4) For prior Regular Army, Army National Guard, or U.S. Army Reserve service-.
(a) For applicants separated from active military service for less than 4 months, with or without a Reserve obligation, request is sent to proper transfer point or separation activity.
(b) For applicants separated from active military Service for more than 4 months and completely discharged from military Service, request is sent to: Director, National Personnel Records Center (6NCPMA), 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132-5200.
(c) For applicants separated from active military Service for more than 4 months with a Reserve obligation, request is sent to: Commander, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Fort Knox, KY 40122.
(d) For applicants separated from active military service and currently a member of a TPU of the USAR or ARNG, request is sent to the applicant’s ARNG or TPU commander. DD Form 368 (Request for Conditional Release) may be used to verify periods of service in the RC only.
(e) For applicants discharged from ARNG without previous active military Service, request is sent to the proper State adjutant general.
(f) For applicants discharged from USAR without previous active military service, request is sent to the same address as in paragraph 3-19e(4)(b).
(5) For prior US Air Force Service-
(a) For applicants with a Reserve obligation, regardless of the length of time since separation, request is sent to: Commander (ARPC/DSMR), 18420 E. Silver Creek Avenue, Building 390, MS68, Buckley AFB, CO 80011-9502.
(b) For applicants without a Reserve obligation, request is sent to: Director, National Personnel Records Center, (6NCPMF), 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100.
3-20. Armed Forces reentry eligibility codes
a. Regardless of reentry eligibility (RE) code, applicant may require a waiver for the reason and authority for separation release, discharge, or transfer (see Chap 4 for waiver criteria and applicability).
b. Verification of PS RE codes will be requested from agencies listed in paragraph 3-19. The RE Codes Tables in AR 601-210 are used for administrative purposes only. Applicants should be advised that these codes are not to be considered derogatory in nature; they simply are codes used for identification of an enlistment processing procedure.
c. Inform applicant that an RE code is not upgraded unless it was administratively incorrect when originally issued.
d. Depending on the disqualification, a waiver may or may not be authorized.
e. Depending on the needs of the ARNG, waivers may not be considered even though the disqualification could be waived. In these cases, applicants should be informed to contact recruiters periodically to see if waiver applications are being considered.
3-21. Reentry codes and separation program designator, any component
The PS personnel who were released early to attend school or received special separation benefits or voluntary separation incentive pay and received an SPD code of KCB, KCF, MCA, MCB, MCF, or KCA, as detailed in AR 635-5-1, may enlist without RE code waiver if separation authority did not preclude RC participation. Personnel who enlisted in the RC who never shipped to IADT that subsequently were discharged for being an unsatisfactory participant or failure to ship IADT may enlist without a waiver.
3-22. Determination of enlistment/assignment eligibility (IAW AOC)
Table 4-2 provides guidance to determine enlistment eligibility for discharge narratives that are acceptable for enlistment and those that are disqualifying. Table 4-2 applies to PS and GNPS applicants.
3-22. Determination of enlistment/assignment eligibility
b. The RC enlistment eligibility of a person who does not meet requirements shown in this paragraph, or whose last period of military service ended with a discharge from an AD status, must be determined before the enlistment agreement is completed. If the person was discharged from AD status, the RE code and SPD code will be obtained. If last period of service was in a RC (excluding IRR) qualification will be based on that separation/discharge. If an individual’s last period of service was in the IRR or he or she was discharged from the IRR, then he or she will require the same processing procedures as a PS who was discharged and requires a waiver. However, if the applicant is currently in a TPU or a member of ARNG for 6 months or more, or served in the Selected Reserve after discharge from a Regular Component of any service, no waiver is required. If an applicant has been in the Selected Reserve less than 6 months, a waiver is required.
Soldiers with the following RE codes are fully eligible for RC enlistment and/or assignment if last discharge was from the RA, or from other Services’ Regular Component under equivalent authority:
(1) RE-1, RE-1A, RE-1B, and RE-1C.
(2) RE-2, RE-2A, RE-2C, 3A, and 3C.
(3) RE-3, or other services equivalent, if DD Form 214 and DD Form 215 (if applicable) is annotated with separation authority, separation code, and narrative reason for separation as follows:
(a) Separation authority: AR 635-200 or equivalent policy from other Service.
(b) Separation code: BRA/JRA, BRB/JRB, BRC/JRC, JBK, JGH, KBK, KCC, KCF, KDM, LBK, LGH, MBK, MCC, MCF, or MDM.
3-23. Correction of Army reentry eligibility codes
Army PS personnel will be advised that RE codes may be changed only if they are determined to be administratively incorrect. Applicants who have corrected RE codes will be processed for a waiver at their request if otherwise qualified and waiver is authorized. No requirement to change RE code exists to qualify for enlistment. Only when there is evidence to support an incorrect RE code or when there is an administrative error will an applicant be advised to request a correction. Do not advise applicants to contact the Discharge Review Board or the Army Board for Correction of Military Records when applicant is eligible to request a waiver.
MEMORANDUM FOR Office of the Chief of Army Reserve
EXCEPTION TO POLICY TO EXTEND PROCESSING TIME OF DD FORM 368 (CONDITIONAL RELEASES) FOR UP TO 12 MONTHS, 18 DEC 20. From Army G-1: Due to restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, approved conditional releases for Soldiers who are unable to ship, enlist, or accept a commission are extended to 30 June 21, provided the Soldier is otherwise eligible. Additionally, Soldiers whose conditional release may have expired between 16 Mar 20 and the date of this memorandum, are also extended through 30 June 21, provided the Soldier is otherwise eligible. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-914671
3-19. Conditional Release (IAW AOC)
The DD Form 368 must be completed for current drilling members who request enlistment into the ARNG. Use DD Form 368 is to obtain a conditional release and complete a discharge from the Army Reserve to enlist in the ARNG. This is not a transfer action. This form is valid for one year from date signed by the unit commander or designated representative, unless the approval authority designates otherwise on section II, block 5.
a. Validity of Conditional Release.
(1) The commander or designated representative must annotate the "valid through" date (not to exceed one year from date of signature) on the DD Form 368 when approval is rendered. The approval authority must be cognizant of and concur with the "valid through" date on the form.
(2) Although the DD Form 368 is valid for 1 year, the valid until date mentioned above supersedes this validity date if prior to the 1 year period as stated in AR 601-210. However, at no time will the approval authority establish a "valid until date" that exceeds the one-year validity period of the DD368.
(3) Unit members must send the DD Form 368 to the member’s unit commander.
(4) Members of the Retired Reserve must be reassigned to the IRR as outlined AR 140-10, prior to being enlisted in the ARNG.
(5) Former members of the DEP will be treated as NPS applicants.
(6) GCs will ensure that the accession date is on or prior to the valid until date. This does not mean that a new DD Form 368 must be initiated. The authorizing official is the individual who signed the DD Form 368 and the only individual authorized to grant the extension. At no time will extension go beyond the 1-year validity period of the original DD Form 368. The following procedures will be used to request an extension to the existing DD Form 368. GCs or BN Ops will:
(a) Telephonically contact the authorizing official on the DD Form 368.
(b) Confirm with the authorizing official that the release is still authorized and valid.
(c) Request an extension of the valid until date to cover the projected accession date. Annotate on the DD Form 368 above the original valid until date with the new date and sign next to the date.
1. When getting a valid until date extension it is recommended that you ask the authorizing official to extend the DD Form 368 up to the 1-year period in case the PS/GNPS is found to be temporarily disqualified or initiates a renegotiation to their original ship date.
2. If an accession date cannot be obtained within the 1-year validity period of the original DD Form 368 a new DD Form 368 must be obtained prior to entry into the Selected Reserves.
b. Processing Soldiers moving from USAR Troop Program Unit (TPU) status without a break in service.
(1) USAR Soldiers must enlist into the ARNG as PS applicants under the provisions of AR 601-210 and this policy.
(a) USAR Soldiers who possess a valid Family Care Plan (FCP) are required to update their FCP upon enlistment into the ARNG.
(b) A copy of the current FCP must be uploaded in the electronic record (ERM).
(2) This section is applicable to applicants currently in the Retired Reserve.
(3) Soldiers of USAR TPU granted conditional release to enlist into the ARNG must remain active members of the USAR until the enlistment has been accomplished and verified.
(4) When the RC member is released on a conditional release, the gaining ARNG MEPS GC or State Ops must complete section III of the DD Form 368, DD Form 4 and submit a workflow to the ASO.
c. Applicants processing for enlistment into the ARNG and are current members of the IRR must have an approved DD 368 prior to processing for enlistment.
(1) Processing PS Soldiers, who are current members of the USAR control group IRR (AT or REINF). Submit request via encrypted email with the DD 368 attached through the following: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2) Complete the DD Form 368 in the following manner:
(a) Block 1d. Enter USAR control group.
(b) Block 1e. Enter HRC.
(c) Block 1f. Enter 1600 Spearhead Ave., Fort Knox, KY 40122.
(d) Block 3d and 3e. Applicant will sign and date.
(e) Block 4. Self-explanatory
(3) Once the request has been submitted, allow at least five (5) working days for processing. There is no exception for same day processing.
(4) ASO customer service is (502) 684-3302.
d. US Marine Corps (USMC) IRR members must be released from the IRR with the approval of the appropriate approving authority as outlined in MCO 1001R.1L.
(1) Submit requests via email with the DD 368 attached through the following: email@example.com.
(2) The completed DD 368 will have the first five (5) digits of the SSN blacked out.
(3) Once the request has been submitted, allow at least five (5) days for processing.
(4) MARCORRES customer service is (800) 225-5082.
e. US Navy (USN) IRR members must be released by the commander of the naval district where the person is assigned or the Chief of Naval Personnel.
(1) Navy. DD Form 368 may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions may be directed to (800) 535-2699. Email ATTN: to HR Assistant Conditional Release: email@example.com.
(2) The completed DD 368 will have the first five numbers of the SSN blacked out per USN's PII policy. Air Force. DD Form 368 may be faxed to (720) 871-3990 or 3991. Each fax must include a cover sheet. Questions may be directed to (800) 525-0102.
(3) Once the request has been submitted, allow at least one week for the request to be processed. The customer service number is (866) 827-5672.
f. US Air Force (USAF) IRR members must be released as follows:
(1) Submit requests via email with the DD 368 attached through firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2) Air National Guard members; Unit Wing Cdr.
(3) Air Force Reserve members; Unit Wing Cdr.
g. Coast Guard (CG) IRR Conditional Release; submit requests via email with the DD 368 (with only Section I complete) attached through to CGR-SMB-DD368@uscg.mil.
h. The MEPS GC will submit a suitability workflow for all IRR enlistments, using ARISS, to notify the ASO when the accession is complete. The ASO will submit the separation order, DD Form 214 or NGB Form 22 placing the Soldier in IRR, DD Form 368 and DD Form 4 to the USAR control group IRR.
i. Administrative processing procedures for applicants enlisted from this chapter depend on the availability of an applicant’s iPERMS record to the RRNCO and the ARNG for accession data. USAR TPU Soldiers applying for enlistment in the ARNG will adhere to the following:
(1) The RRNCO must request a conditional release from the applicant’s USAR TPU.
(2) The CAR is the approval authority for conditional release request for USAR TPU members appointed or enlisted in the ARNG. The CAR may further delegate this authority to MSC/GOCOM commanders, promotable COLs in GO positions.
(3) Enlistment packets will be assembled and distributed per this chapter.
(4) A New DD Form 1966 series is not required for enlistment processing if the ARNG was granted access to the applicant’s Army Military Human Resource Record (AMHRR), or the Army Reserve has provided copies of the required documents. The DD Form 1966 series will be updated by completing a new copy of page one.
(5) RRNCOs must request access to the applicant’s iPERMS record via HRC at https://www.hrcapps.army.mil/portal/.
(6) When the RRNCO has access to the applicant’s iPERMS, reproduce copies of all documents applicable to enlistment, and prepare new documents as required by AR 601-210.
(7) RRNCO will prepare the applicant for MEPS/MTF processing or enlistment. The DD Form 368 must be completed prior to enlistment.
(8) After enlistment has been completed, forward the required documents as outlined above.
Note: Applicants who fail to accomplish the enlistment remain members of the Army Reserve.
SPECIAL PROCESSING FOR PARTIALLY DISABLED, COMBAT-WOUNDED VETERANS
Waiver requests to determine if veteran with physical limitations can serve in any available specialty will be approved or disapproved by the DARNG for a combat-wounded veteran who was partially disabled as a result of wounds received in action while a member of the Army.
a. Requests will be submitted only for veterans who-
(1) Meet all other enlistment requirements.
(2) Are physically qualified for general military Service except for their specific combat-incurred disability.
b. Applicants must be capable of caring for their own needs in an unaided manner. They must be physically capable of performing useful service and cannot be expected to require hospitalization or incur lost time due to their disability.
c. Persons permanently medically retired will not be processed for enlistment. Persons permanently medically retired will not be processed for enlistment. Applicants who were separated from AD (not medically retired) without compensation, and were granted veterans disability compensation for their disability, may waive this compensation through VA, if determined medically fit per AR 40-501.
5-41. Requests for waivers
Submit waiver requests on a memorandum prepared in accordance with instructions in Chapter 4. Such requests will be accompanied by-
a. A MEPS physical examination.
b. A report of any subsequent and present treatment.
c. A report of X-ray, orthopedic, surgical, medical, or other consultations.
d. A statement of opinion by a medical officer of the degree of the disability’s incapacitation. The statement will include whether or not a prosthesis being used is satisfactory.
On receipt of the decision on the waiver request and instructions from the approving authority, notify applicant to report to the proper MEPS for further processing.
a. For ARNG, send applicant to the unit of assignment if no further school training is required.
b. To give the medical officer enough data to make a judgment, classification officer will analyze each primary or potential MOS proper for the applicant. The classification officer will then send their recommendation and applicant to the medical officer. A medical officer will make the final decision. They then will select an MOS which they consider can capably perform. Special consultation reports directed by the DARNG, will be made at this time.
c. Applicants physically and otherwise qualified for enlistment will be enlisted at the training activity. Applicants found ineligible to perform in an MOS will be rejected and returned at Government expense to the applicant’s home.
(1) After obtaining disability waiver from the approving authority, the applicant will sign a waiver of compensation. The waiver will be endorsed by the enlisting activity and sent to the commander of the Veterans Administration regional office or to Director, Retired Pay Operation, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, 8899 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46249-0002.
(2) A notation will be made in the DD Form 1966, remarks section, that such a letter has been sent to the Veterans Administration or Retired Pay Operation, Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
(3) The enlistee will be told that, on separation from military Service, they may submit a claim for such compensation.
5-43. Training and assignments
Persons enlisting as partially disabled veterans will be trained in the MOS for which enlisted. If already trained, veterans will be assigned to duty in that MOS.
5-44. Record entries
a. Enlisted Record Brief. Proper assignment limitations will be recorded on enlisted record brief, as prescribed in AR 600-8-104.
b. DD Form 1966. The DD Form 1966 Remarks section will reflect assignment limitations.
SPECIAL PROCESSING FOR PERSONS RECEIVING DISABILITY PENSIONS OR COMPENSATION FROM THE VA
a. 38 U.S.C. 5304 - Prohibition Against Duplication of Benefits
b. VA Form 21-8951 Notice of Waiver of VA Compensation or Pension to Receive Military Pay and Allowances
c. VA Form 21-8764 Disability Compensation Award Attachment
d. VA Disability Compensation vs Military Pay - YouTube
Persons receiving disability pensions or compensation from the Veterans Administration for any reason will be required to waive the pension or compensation for any period of military service. Veterans Administration compensation will be waived on date of enlistment into the ARNG. For ARNG, this period of military service is IDT, AD, or ADT.
5-46. Request for waiver
Persons requesting waivers under this section must have all medical history and compensation annotated on DD Form 2807-1 or DD Form 2807-2.
5-47. Letter of waiver of compensation
The person will execute a waiver of compensation in letter format, which states they understand they will not receive any further compensation from the U.S. Army. This waiver will be endorsed by a commissioned officer to the Veterans Administration regional office having jurisdiction over the person’s claim. A note will be made in DD Form 1966, remarks section that such letter has been forwarded to the Veterans Administration.